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Old August 25th, 2013, 08:42 AM   #541
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Public Folly – A Water Tower Renovation in Shenyang
Tiexi District, Shenyang, Capital of Liaoning Province, NE China

By Beijing-based Architects META – Project



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Architects: META – Project
Location: Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Design Team: Wang Shuo, Zhang Jing, Chang Qianqian, Huang Limiao, Lin Changyan, Tang Heng
Client: China VANKE Co., Ltd.
Area: 30 sqm
Photographs: Chen Su



META-Project, a Beijing based research-design studio has recently completed a renovation for VANKE in Shenyang, China that infused new life into the dilapidated water tower in an exquisite manner.

This water tower is located in the campus of a run down military factory, formerly known as the People’s Liberation Army No.1102 Factory, founded in 1959 during the Great Leap Forward. Formerly one of the most important heavy industrial production bases of China, the Tiexi District in Shenyang is now full of miscellaneous industrial relics from that time period. Water towers scattered around the city have become unique symbols of the history of industrialization in this area and the visual anchor points in the ever-shifting reality of this region. The transformation around this particular water tower began starting in 2010.

VANKE, China acquired the campus of this military factory, converting it into what is called the Blue Mountains residential complex project. Along with the decisive construction of the surrounding cities, the water tower has remained well preserved – functioning partially as a reminder of the fragmented memory of the history of industrialization, as well as serving as a projection of unexpected public use in the future.

For META-Project, the water tower, which is re-interpreted as a type of “Public Folly”, has provided deliberate clues. A “Folly” is a highly ambiguous built object that either suggests by its appearance some other purpose or is so eccentric that it transcends the common usage to which it belongs. The definition of a folly “lies in the eyes of the beholder”, and it only makes sense in the precise positioning within its physical and historical context. The water tower is situated in such context: spatially – it is situated on the edge in-between the inherited industrial fabric and an upcoming residential complex development; temporally – it is sitting on the dividing line which separates where Tiexi has deviated from the industrial past and where it is accelerating towards an alternative future.

Setting off from the precise positioning within this context, META-Project started to unfold the concept of the renovation along this space time continuum as opposed to taking it as an isolated event. The renovated water tower pavilion, or the “Public Folly”, on the outside forms an artistic intervention in the urban landscape, and on the inside it offers a space for public activities for the surrounding communities. Even transcending mundane usage, it functions almost as an adaptive device, able to re-create linkages from two removed sides – like a transmission, or a hinge…

While memory is the ineffaceable attribute of a place, like the palimpsest, the original text scraped off will not completely disappear in the overall comprehension of the city. This will also lend to a re-interpretation of the other dozens of preserved water towers scattered around the industrial city of Shenyang. Every night, as the heavy water tower gradually fades into darkness, the bright light boxes will become distinct signals floating in the air symbolizing a quest to seek out the hidden corner of the history and archetypes of architecture. From there, the water tower digests the opposition of history and reality into a completely neutral space – it becomes a simple sensory device of the external world, an ear, or a viewfinder…Through renovation of the water tower, META-Project posts the question again on how to look at the history and how to understand the changing reality?
























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Public Folly – A Water Tower Renovation in Shenyang
Tiexi District, Shenyang, Capital of Liaoning Province, NE China

By Beijing-based Architects META – Project




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Liaoning revitalized and ready for opening day
31 August 2013
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Every evening, Chang Zhonghua and her friends go to the sports square just a five-minute walk from her home to exercise.

"The National Games will open soon. We are going to host national games in our community," she joked.

Exercising has been an indispensable part of Chang's daily routine through the past five years.

"Our living conditions are better now. It's convenient and free to use the fitness equipment in the community sports center. Ten years ago, I never thought I would enjoy this convenience," the 54-year-old said.

There's truth to Chang's words. Tiexi, where Chang lives in Shenyang, Liaoning province, was one of the most concentrated heavy industrial zones in China from the 1930s to the 1980s. The district was known as the "Oriental Ruhr", referring to Germany's industrial region along the Ruhr River.

In the 1990s, the heavy industry base in Northeast China crashed. In Tiexi, 95 percent of the companies were in debt, and more than 130,000 workers lost their jobs.

Chang was one of the unemployed. "Without wages, eating became a problem. How could we think about exercising and enjoying life?" Chang recalled.

Thanks to a revitalization project launched in 2003, living standards in Liaoning and other provinces in the area began to improve.

"That's why Liaoning has the courage and power to host the 12th National Games. As the pioneer of the revitalization, Liaoning and our people have regenerated in the past 10 years," said He Min, vice-governor of Liaoning province, vice-chairwoman and secretary-general of the organizing committee for the games.

She is backed by statistics. The province's GDP reached 2.48 trillion yuan ($405.22 billion) in 2012, about four times that in 2003.

Moreover, the manufacturing industry is prospering again. Many global giants have expanded to the province, including BMW, General Motors, Siemens and Intel.

BMW Brilliance Automotive, the joint venture between BMW and China's Brilliance Auto, celebrated its 10th anniversary in July.

The company established its first plant in Shenyang in 2003 and built a second one there in 2012. The move is expected to increase their production capacity in China to 200,000 vehicles by the end of this year.

"The heavy industry base here is gradually transforming into a high-tech one. That's the achievement of local government and our efforts in the past years. Meanwhile, we have realized our own 'Chinese Dream' here," said Olaf Kastner, president and chief executive officer of BMW Brilliance Automotive.

Compared with industrial prosperity, increased livelihood brought by the revitalization has been much more gratifying for the province's residents and officials.

"Improving people's happiness is the top priority. It was also the original intention of the revitalization," He said.

In the past decade, 2.11 million residents moved into new homes, thanks to a shantytown renovation project. The annual per capita disposable income for urban residents increased 250 percent and the per capita net income for rural residents rose 220 percent.

"The economic base determines the superstructure. Hosting the games indicates the economic growth and improved living standards of the province. The revitalization benefited Liaoning's industrial structure, ecological environment and so on. These create the conditions for hosting a national event. Moreover, hosting the games will further improve the province's urban construction and management level as well as boost its overall revitalization," said Feng Guisheng, head of the economic research institute of the Liaoning Social Sciences Academy.

"We hope we can show our achievements in the revitalization to the country, and even to the world through the games. Also, we hope the sportsmanship will encourage us to build the next brilliant decade," He said.
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In Progress: Harbin Cultural Center
Harbin City, Capital of Heilongjiang Province, NE China

By Beijing-based architects: MAD Architects



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Architects: MAD Architects
Location: Harbin Xiangfang Cultural Center, Zhujiang Road, Xiangfang, Haerbin, Heilongjiang, China, 150090
Directors: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
Area: 1,800,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of MAD Architects



Design Team: Jordan Kanter, Daniel Gillen, Bas van Wylick, Liu Huiying, Zhao Wei, Julian Sattler, Jackob Beer, J Travis Russett, Sohith Perera, Colby Thomas Suter, Yu Kui, Philippe Brysse, Huang Wei, Flora Lee, Wang Wei, Xie Yibang, Lyo Hengliu, Alexander Cornelius, Alex Gornelius, Mao Peihong, Gianantonio Bongiorno, Jei Kim, Chen Yuanyu, Yu Chenhao, Qin Lichao, Pil-Sun Ham, Mingyu Seol, Lin Guomin, Zhang Haixia, Zheng Fang, Li Guangchong , Ma Ning, Davide Signorato, Nick Tran







Harbin Cultural Island is located in the natural landscape of the riverside wetland north of Songhua River. The entire project covers an area of 1.8 square kilometers, with a construction area of 79,000 square meters. It is part of the development north of Sun Island, which is an important natural habitat in the north. In February 2010, MAD won the competition to design the cultural center on the island. The entire building is expected to be completed in 2014 when the Harbin July summer concert will be held.

Influenced by both Chinese and Russian culture, Harbin is reputed as the music capital of the north. Different from other theater buildings that are normally located in the urban center, Harbin Grand Theater will not act as an isolated landmark for the city, but the natural continuation of the human spirit. Apart from regional protection and utilization of the wetland ecosystem, Harbin Theater, Harbin Labor Recreation Center, Harbin Great Square and the Wetland Park together compose the Harbin Cultural Island, to join culture, art and nature in an integrated environment.

Surrounded by rivers, the Cultural Island embraces the wide riverbank as its background appearing as a glacier stretching and connecting to each other into a cohesive whole. The main entrance mimics a jade belt bridge spanning the wetlands and connecting the city and the cultural center together. The movement of the terrain strategically directs the flow of people from different directions to the entrance of Harbin Theater and Harbin Labor Recreation Center. The external ramp of the Grand Theater, resembling a mountain path formed by gusting winds, guides people from the interior to the exterior. Walking along the landscape passage, visitors are able to appreciate the surrounding cultural and natural landscape. Atop the highest point of these buildings, visitors are able to enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding scenery as if they are on top of a mountain.

The grand theatre takes the natural beauty of the north as its premise. In an attempt to reduce such a large volume, the architectural form is a continuation of the natural environment as it becomes part of the landscape. The entire building acts as an undulating snow covered mountain, following a natural rhythm.

The cladding of the building is custom-made pure white aluminum. White stone and concrete are also used as part of the wall, introducing a pure feeling as ice and snow. The skylight above of the auditorium utilizes natural daylight. During the day, the need for interior lighting can be completely satisfied with energy-saving and special lighting effects. The Grand Theater is made up of two different sized theaters. The larger theater can accommodate up to 1,600 guests and it is formed with lower level stalls and a two-floor gallery. The interior space uses a large amount of wood to provide the best possible acoustical effects for the Performance Hall of the Grand Theater. Also, the wood and the white wall form a balanced contrast between warm and cold colors, resembling the unique warm atmosphere of mountain huts.

The stage design for the theater is not only suitable for western opera and modern drama performances, but also meets the requirement of traditional Chinese theater plays. The acoustics and lighting design provide a high level of performance for the various venues in the theater. Covered by curved acrylic lamps, the second floor VIP lounge appears as a glowing clear crystal floating in the theater. The standardized stage is equipped with a versatile orchestral pit, designed to meet large-scale performances of Opera, Ballet and other various needs. The 400 seat small theater that connects with the larger theater serves as the venue for small drama performances, chamber music, and operas. The design of the backstage curtain allows the stage to expand like a wide screen with natural landscape in the background integrating the indoor and outdoor view. The outdoor water section can also be used as an outdoor auditorium, therefore when the curtain opens, it becomes a panoramic arena with unobstructed views. This ingenious design creates a great space and a delicate dramatic effect for the Grand Theater to adapt to the innovation and changes of the modern theater art.


The art center demonstrates the rich scale of the city, the nature and the people. It encourages the publicity and mass participation of Harbin’s art and culture activities. People can get a different sensory experience from different distances. The huge man-made lake between the Grand Theater and the Culture and Art Center contrasts the building with a long landscape bridge wedged in-between to form a Buddhist concept of “Void”. Along the landscape bridge, visitors can reach the Labor Recreation Center west of the Great Square. With a construction area of 41,000 square meters, this building is a comprehensive building complementing the Grand Theater. Its functions include staff training, conferences, cultural education, exhibitions, hotel and catering space. These facilities will provide a diversified space for visitors, spectators and the staff. The boundary of the Cultural Center interconnects with the river bank and wetland, blurring the boundaries of the natural and the artificial. Open spaces like ramps, bridges, sky terrace and squares bridge the distance between man and nature.

From the design’s initial startup in 2010 to August 2013, the overall structure of the Cultural Center was completed and the entire project began to take shape. In the coming year, the building façade, the interior design and landscape design will be finished. This new cultural island in Harbin is emerging to facilitate the blend of humanity, art and nature in the north and it will become the center of this city’s spirit.









































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Changsha Pedestrian Bridge

Changsha, the city that will try to build a 220 story skyscraper in 3 or 8 months is going to build an interwoven red pedestrian bridge. Construction will start in 2014.
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New models to finance urbanization
KPMG China
December 9, 2013

An essential ingredient in China’s growth and development over the past 30 years has been its ongoing process of urbanization, a transformation of unprecedented scale.

China is changing from a predominantly rural society to a predominantly urban one; the urbanization process is still ongoing, and is expected to continue until about 2030. During this period, about 15 million people per year will join the ranks of China’s urban population.

Embedded within such a transformation is the question of funding. China plans to spend some 40 trillion yuan (US$6.6 trillion) over the next two decades on its urbanization push — equivalent to its annual GDP in 2012.

As China moves toward its urbanization goals of 1 billion people living in cities, what are the options for funding this transformation in an efficient and sustainable manner?

Given China’s economic model and history of centralized planning, one might expect that a significant funding element would come from central government support to local government budgets.

In reality, however, China’s central government has provided only limited financial support to local governments, leaving the job mostly to local government officials and city leadership.

These leaders are responsible for managing the ongoing urbanization process in their city, identifying sources of capital, and utilizing funds needed to pay for ongoing urbanization projects such as housing, schools, roads and transportation links, hospitals, utilities and social and leisure infrastructure.

Local governments also face additional costs to maintain the expanded social services for a larger urban population.

While the central and local authorities do have a number of choices about how to pay for urbanization, it appears that the trend of development through land sales may have peaked.

If funding for China’s urbanization is to be put on a more solid and sustainable footing, local governments need more (and more flexible) funding options and funding models.

In recent years, this topic has been hotly debated with a number of solutions identified, two of which are local government bonds and public-private partnership arrangements.

Bond issuance

Funding by means of local government bond issuance is enabling some local governments to access capital markets to fund urbanization.

Previously, local governments were prohibited from issuing bonds directly: all government bonds were issued by the Ministry of Finance of China. Then, in October 2011, a pilot program gave authority to four local governments to issue bonds directly. Included in the pilot program were governments from Shanghai, Shenzhen, and the provinces of Zhejiang and Guangdong.

In July 2013, the central government further announced its plans to expand this trial program, to allow greater local government access to the bond market. In addition to the four localities above, governments from two more major coastal provinces, Jiangsu and Shandong, now have the authority to sell bonds directly.

These moves also could be viewed as a gradual transition to a new model, where local governments have more autonomy to decide on which funding methodology fits the need of the project, thus mitigating certain market risk factors.

Another alternative for funding, delivering and operating urbanization projects is the use of public-private partnerships.

This is a model utilized extensively in some overseas jurisdictions. PPPs can offer collaboration between the public and private sectors for the purpose of providing public services that have been traditionally provided only by the public sector.

Public-private partnerships are not unknown in China. In fact, the Chinese government has been applying a public-private partnership scheme known as build-operate-transfer on a large scale since the 1990s.

Under the build-operate-transfer model, the government grants a private company the right to build a project, and allows the private company to operate the project for a profit over an agreed-upon period. After the period expires, the private entity transfers the project to the government.

Public-private partnership arrangements represent a small fraction of local infrastructure projects, and such schemes are not without risk for public and private interests. For example, China’s legal and regulatory policies are developing and subject to change. This can create business uncertainty for investors. As has been the case overseas, letting and managing such contracts is complex and requires specialist skills in government, as well as private sector participants.

China’s urbanization is a long-term phenomenon — a process only partially completed. What is changing now is that local governments may be increasingly motivated to seek out new ways to finance their physical expansion.

The influx of new urban residents is a steady and relentless force, making ever more urgent the need for pragmatic policy solutions.
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Xinhua Insight: Megalopolis strategy spurs mid-west China latecomers

KAIFENG, Henan, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Kaifeng, known as the "capital of eight dynasties" for its role in China's history, is expected to regain its former glory under a national strategy that will see it turned into the center of a megalopolis.

The ancient capital will be linked with the current provincial capital of Zhengzhou in central China's Henan by a 50.5-km intercity rail line before the end of 2013. While it presently takes an hour to drive between the two cities, that transit time will be cut to 17 minutes by train.

This is the latest major step toward the status of megalopolis, which can be defined as a giant urban area consisting of several large adjoining and interconnected cities. Zhengzhou and Kaifeng have also started to use the same telecom area code, and charges on long distance and roaming calls were canceled in late October.

The Zhengzhou-Kaifeng integration is poised to be the core of the Central Plains Economic Zone, a Henan-centered cross-administrative region which covers 30 cities in Henan and the surrounding Hebei, Shandong, Shanxi and Anhui provinces.

Officials are aiming to have the zone taking shape by 2015 and built into a prosperous, environmentally friendly region by 2020.

The plans come as a shining example of China's work to tap its mass urbanization to facilitate economic upgrading and sustainable growth. As this drive was accelerated during the recently concluded key reform meeting of the Communist Party of China, new focus has been placed on Zhengzhou-Kaifeng integration.

"The formation of megalopolises during the urbanization process is a global trend," said Sun Tingxi, director of the leading group office of the zone and director of the Development and Reform Commission of Henan.

Lagging behind in China's reform and opening up in the past three decades, the central and western regions of the country are expected to generate strength from such urban structures, added Sun.

ANCIENT CAPITAL TO MEGALOPOLIS

Located in Henan's northeast, Kaifeng, the largest city in the world during the 11th century, served as capital of eight Chinese dynasties, including the prominent Han and Northern Song dynasties.

More recently, however, it has come to exist in the shadow of neighboring Zhengzhou, and is ranked as the poorest of Henan's 18 cities.

Before the implementation of the Zhengzhou-Kaifeng integration, Kaifeng's major economic indicators had not advanced in a number of years, according to Huang Daogong, the city's executive deputy mayor.

However, Huang said, the development of the megalopolis is befitting Kaifeng as it "features sharing of services and resources including telecommunications, finance, transport, industry distribution and environmental protection."

Residents and businesses in Zhengzhou and Kaifeng, which have a combined population of over 13 million, can already enjoy intra-city bank services on saving accounts, bank cards, bills and fund transfers with no cross-city charges.

A new industrial zone on the Zhengzhou-Kaifeng border has cultivated an auto parts cluster with an investment of over 12 billion yuan (about 1.97 billion U.S. dollars) from 60 enterprises including auto giants of Chery and Sumitomo.

Zhengzhou's car-manufacturing industry now sources about 90 percent of its parts from the zone, to which staff commute from both cities.

Kaifeng benefits most during the megalopolis process. According to Huang, what he calls the "dislocation development" helps magnify its strengths in historical culture, human resources and location.

Trips to Kaifeng to enjoy the local dishes and nightlife are popular with Zhengzhou residents.

In 2012, Kaifeng received 44.1 million tourists and realized tourism revenue of 18 billion yuan, year-on-year increases of 13 percent and 16 percent respectively.

BARRIERS TO BREAK

Aside from the Henan-centered Central Plains Economic Zone, China's vast inland region is witnessing five similar urban developments including the Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan City Group in Hunan, city circles around Wuhan of Hubei and Hefei of Anhui, as well as Guanzhong and Chengdu-Chongqing urban agglomerations.

It is hoped that the formation of these megalopolises will enhance their advantages of location, market potential, dense population, convenient transportation and high urban density.

Meanwhile, experts have noted, they suffer from the same dilemmas as the rest of China, such as imbalances between urban and rural sectors, and economic structural contradictions.

The integrated development of megalopolises will embolden central and local governments to be more courageous in breaking administrative and institutional barriers, said Geng Mingzhai, vice chairman with the Economic Association of Henan.

He suggested replacing the current designation "administrative city" with "economic cities," which would feature integrative planning on traffic and industry distribution, public services as well as environmental protection.

More importantly, the central government must shape megalopolis development with top-level design by deepening the household registration and social security system reforms, he also urged.
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Jinchang Cultural Centre
Jinchang City, Gansu Province, NW China


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In this project, we explored the artistic potentials of a climate responsive design.

Jinchang is the ‘nickel capital’ of China, with the world’s 3rd largest nickel mine. The local climate of Jinchang is the typical in northwest China, that is, dry, cold with ample sunshine. The local mountain features slightly sloped skylines and strong vertical texture.

Our design is inspired both by the climate and by the mountains. The most distinctive feature of the design is the long passage along the main street in the south-west. With its alternating west-facing solid walls and south-facing glazed curtains, the facade is both reminiscent of the local mountain and efficient in utilizing sunshine to heat the inside.
























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Zhengzhou Subway Will Soon Open!



A staff member stands on duty at a station of the new subway line 1 in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, Dec. 14, 2013. Zhengzhou citizens were invited to experience the new subway line on Saturday. The line, having a length of 26.2 kilometers, is expected to be put into trial operation on Dec. 26. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)



People walk down the stairs to experience the new subway line 1 in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, Dec. 14, 2013. Zhengzhou citizens were invited to experience the new subway line on Saturday. The line, having a length of 26.2 kilometers, is expected to be put into trial operation on Dec. 26. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)



A train runs on the new subway line 1 in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, Dec. 14, 2013. Zhengzhou citizens were invited to experience the new subway line on Saturday. The line, having a length of 26.2 kilometers, is expected to be put into trial operation on Dec. 26. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)



People get into the entrance of the new subway line 1 in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, Dec. 14, 2013. Zhengzhou citizens were invited to experience the new subway line on Saturday. The line, having a length of 26.2 kilometers, is expected to be put into trial operation on Dec. 26. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)



People experience the new subway line 1 in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, Dec. 14, 2013. Zhengzhou citizens were invited to experience the new subway line on Saturday. The line, having a length of 26.2 kilometers, is expected to be put into trial operation on Dec. 26. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)
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The last building is really nice.
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This was proposed in southern China's city Beihai (two and a half years ago), nothing has been done since then..
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This has some similarities with Fortune Plaza in Guangzhou.
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Joining the dots along Xinjiang's Silk Road
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With a number of new projects approved, China's far northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is reviving the commercial splendor of the ancient Silk Road.

Construction of an airport in Qarilik county in south Xinjiang, the largest county in China with an area of nearly 200,000 square kilometers, was approved in late February and should get underway in the fall. It is the third airport approved this year and will bring the number of civilian airports in the region to 19.

A total of 23 key projects with an investment of close to 20 billion yuan ($3 billion), include 5 railways, 14 highways and 3 airports. Construction will begin on all these projects this year, according to the Xinjiang Development and Reform Commission on March 22.

In a speech in Kazakhstan last September, Chinese President Xi Jinping set out his vision for a "new" Silk Road. The Silk Road once linked China with central Asia and Europe and the ancient routes serve as the basis for Xi's "Silk Road Economic Belt". The plan is a way of developing political and economic ties with China's neighbors, and accelerating the development to China's western regions.

When Xinjiang was still known as Xiyu (literally "Western Regions"), the Silk Road made it the most international, multicultural melting pot in the world for almost 2,000 years. China's silk, porcelain and printing technology were taken to the West while spices, music and Buddhism were brought to the East. The route through central Asia gradually lost its significance in the age of sail and now, remote and somewhat isolated, Xinjiang lags behind other Chinese provinces in development terms.

Infrastructure, finances, technology, human resources, and sporadic violence all play their part in hampering Xinjiang's stability and development. For decades, China has worked to revive the regions past glories through investment principally in infrastructure and energy, hoping the unique position of the province at the heart of central Asia will bring prosperity to a region where more than half the population come from ethnic minorities. Transportation is now top of the agenda.

Besides the three new airports, two regional railways in the oil-rich north will join the national railway network this year. "Transportation is key to Xinjiang's development," said Pan Zhiping, head of the central Asia research institute at Xinjiang Academy of Social Sciences.

"A major corridor, with Xinjiang straddling central Asia and Chinese inland regions, can do a lot to protect China's energy security," said Pan. Xinjiang is an important producer of oil, gas and coal. Neighboring central Asian countries are also rich in natural resources, which is of great significance to China's sustainable development and energy supplies.

Work on a local Xinjiang railway and another two linking Xinjiang with neighbouring Qinghai and Inner Mongolia will begin this year, greatly improving movements of coal, oil and gas, said Zhang Chunlin, head of the regional development and reform commission.

At the end of 2013, Xinjiang had more than 170,000 km highways and just under 5,000 km of railways in operation, according to the regional transportation department. Xinjiang is expected to become a national transportation hub by the end of 2015, said Zhang Dehua, deputy head of the department.
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Xinhua Insight: Deadly land disputes reveal urbanization enigmas




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PINGDU, Qingdao, Mar. 26 (Xinhua) -- A land dispute in east China's Shandong has claimed one life and injured three people, a warning that strains are starting to show in the urbanization drive.

A fire started at around 2 a.m. on Friday in a tent on a farm in Dujiatuan Village. A 62-year-old villager was burned to death and three others were injured. It did not take long for the police to establish that the blaze had been set deliberately and apprehend those responsible. The four men who started the fire were acting on the orders of a man named Wang, who received his instructions from a real estate developer and a village head, according to the police. All seven suspects are now in detention and the investigation continues.

On March 20, villagers pitched the tent in farmland to prevent developers from starting construction, dissatisfied with the compensation they had received. The local government responded on Tuesday that they observed the law in the expropriation of the 134.37 mu (9 hectares) of land as well as compensation.

According to the Land Administration Law, local authorities must consult villagers before selling land. Staff with the subdistrict office responded that the villagers were well informed at a meeting before the acquisition of the land, but there is no evidence to show that such a meeting took place.

Li Rongmao, the villagers' representative, said that the government should have informed them before seizing the land, and that the compensation did not meet their expectations, as villagers will be more or less left without any income. In line with the law, compensation for each villager was calculated at 31,800 yuan (5,123 U.S.dollars) in all.

"Some of the villagers found the compensation is too low to cover their costs, and what about 17 years later?" Li said.

According to the regulations in Pingdu, where the fire took place, part of the money earned by selling the land should be given to the villagers. A total of 15.28 million yuan was given to the village committee on Feb.27, but the committee believes they have the responsibility to keep the money for the villagers as pensions, an official said. Villagers argue that the committee has no right to decide for them. The official said that they will solicit public opinion on the issue.

"Their decision not to hand over the money is ridiculous. We are losing our land. What are we supposed to do without land?" asked Li.

HUMAN-CENTERED URBANIZATION

The Pingdu case, following similar conflicts of land-grabbing rows, has resulted in violent confrontation and death, and revealed some of the problems with the process of urbanization. Under current rules, the state can nationalize collectively owned land for reasons like "public interest" and transfer farmland to industrial and construction use.

To build homes for migrant workers, local governments have taken a lot of land from farmers over the years, sold it to industrial and housing developers, and given very little to rural residents in return.

"The Pingdu land dispute was triggered by overexpansion of urban areas. Poor control of the pace of city development has resulted in disorderly expansion, "said Yi Peng, of the Pangu Institute, a think tank on urbanization.

"Compensation for farmers is too low, and does not share the benefits of increases in land prices," said Yi, who wants to see better control and planning to limit overexpansion of urban areas.

According to a report by World Bank and China Development Research Institute, urbanization has relied on land conversion and land financing, which is causing urban sprawl.

Reform of land management means strengthening farmers' rights, limiting land that can be requisitioned and market-based pricing, the report suggested. Proactive, steady, "human-centered" urbanization should balance urban-rural development and increase domestic consumption.

Through better allocation of land, labor and capital, the benefits of urbanization can be more widely shared than in the past, said Yi.

The recent policy changes mean more farmers can settle in small cities and become official city residents, and the most important thing is, to allow them to enter cities with their pockets full, said Yi.

"The government should raise one-off compensation to farmers, but establishing a mechanism to guarantee their lives in the long term is even more important," Yi added.
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